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This is the ultimate guide on how to have a glow up in 2022.
Let’s dive in.
You’ll need to adopt some new, healthy habits and pay close attention to them in order to glow up both mentally and physically.
This glow up challenge is designed to help you improve yourself from the inside out.
This includes paying close attention to your appearance, how you dress, how you think and act, your sleeping schedule, workout routine and eating habits, your mindset, and overall mental health.
By the end of your glow up, you’ll notice significant improvements in all aspects of your life.
We’ve all had that person that we haven’t talk in a while, and by the next time, we saw them they were a completely different person. “Damn she had a glow up since last summer.”
Glow ups can be natural, that is through puberty and teenage phase, or planned!
After having my own glow up, I’m a firm believer that anyone can really transform themselves for the better.
What Is A Glow Up?
To those unfamiliar with the term, let’s see the top definition in Urban Dictionary:
A glow up is a mental, physical, and emotional transformation for the better. Glow ups can be both natural and planned. As well as being gradual and permanent or fast and temporary.
“She has really had a glow up since the last time I saw her!”
Important Disclaimer: There are two ways you can treat this article:
- The first way is to treat it like a glow up challenge, let’s say a 30-day one.
The pros of treating this glow up process as a challenge is that you have a clear timeline, and this will motivate you in so many ways. You want to achieve the best results in the minimum amount of time possible, I get it.
But, the cons are that, because it is such a small period of time, you’ll not notice dramatic changes. Let’s check the second way.
- The second way to treat this is by trusting the process.
Glowing up, or ultimately changing the way you look and feel about yourself takes time. It is not an overnight process or something achievable in one week. But don’t get discouraged.
I’m going to show you ways and actions you can interpret in your own life without even thinking about them and some activities requiring a bit more time.
It’s so great that you want to unleash the best version of yourself!
My tip here is to combine the best of both worlds. At first, treat it as a 30-day challenge. By the end of those 30 days, you’ll have probably got a taste of what it is to be more healthy, more confident, more fit, so you would want to stick to it, making it a lifestyle.
After following this list, you WILL:
- Look better, be more attractive, “glowier”
- Feel both mentally and physically healthier and stronger
- Develop new, healthy habits (and ditch bad ones)
- Become more confident
Becoming more confident is the most important aspect of the glow up process, and it will come naturally whilst following this process.
So, are you ready?
Get instant access to the Glow Up Checklist PDF version, so you can save it and have it on your device, or print it out whenever you need it during your day or week.
If however, you are short on time, here is the glow up list you’ve been searching for:
- Get your skin glowing by practicing proper skincare (moisturizing, cleansing, sunscreen, and using face masks)
- Improve your posture.
- Upgrade your wardrobe (get new, fitting clothes, start from basics!)
- Get a new haircut.
- Increase your water intake (Approx. 2lt a day)
- Start working out.
- Start eating healthy.
- Work on hygiene.
- Improve your sleeping schedule. (Strive for at least 6-8 hours per day)
- Get more organized.
- Be your #1 priority. (This is YOUR glow-up!)
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Prioritize your mental health, and indulge in self-care activities.
- Read books.
- Listen to podcasts that inspire you.
- Practice gratitude.
- Practice positive affirmations to get rid of negative thoughts.
- Practice self-love.
- Grow your confidence. (By now, you’ll feel way better about yourself)
Make sure to bookmark this page to come back when you have a bit more time because there is valuable information here!
Without further ado, here is how you can glow up both mentally and physically with these 21 smart tips.
21 Smart Ways to Glow Up Both Mentally and Physically
#1: How to Glow Up Physically
The first step towards starting your glow-up process is to glow up physically. There are numerous things you can do to improve your physical appearance and boost your confidence.
Keep in mind that the goal is for you to feel great.
Our lifestyle is essentially a combination of our habits. Habits have a significant impact on our lives. They constantly express our character and our goals because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns.
So, in order to fully glow, you must adopt new, healthy habits while abandoning old, toxic ones. Here’s how you’ll go about it:
1. Get your skin glowing
Your face is the first thing people notice about you. Also, it is the first thing you look at in a mirror. Having a clear, acne-free face is a real confidence booster!
Here’s what you can do:
- Start by cleansing your face twice a day. This will remove any oil and dirt that has accumulated throughout the day or night.
- Start moisturizing your face twice a day after cleansing. Cleansing may remove some essential oils from your face, leaving it dry. Combat this issue by giving your face the important nutrients that it needs.
- Start using sunscreen, whenever you go out during the day. The sun is damaging your skin and is the number one contributor to skin cancer and wrinkles.
- Start by gently exfoliating your skin, once a week. Exfoliating your skin once a week will remove any dead skin cells, leaving room for new and healthy skin to grow.
- Start using face masks, once or twice a week. Face masks are an inexpensive and simple way to glow up your skin. Most of the time, they come with hydrating and replenishing ingredients.
- If you want to learn more about men’s skincare routines, check this list out.
Other Tips To Glow Up Your Face:
- Don’t touch your face often.
Although it is tempting and can happen without you even realizing it, avoiding so is a must when it comes to the appearance of your skin.
Touching your face can spread oil, dirt, and other bacteria from your hands to your face, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
- Don’t pop your pimples.
Picking/popping your pimples won’t help but actually make your skin worse. I realized this pretty late…
It could leave you with permanent scars/ redness, and spread acne across your face! So resist your temptations.
- Use a silk pillowcase.
Using a silk pillowcase leaves your face dirt-free in the morning, also it doesn’t leave any scars from sleeping.
- Change pillowcase once a week.
Dirt, dandruff, dust, oil, all of these are in your pillowcase. You can follow all of the skincare routine tips above, but not changing your pillowcase at least once a week can really kill your skin appearance.
2. Improve Your Posture
Focus on your posture. Don’t round your shoulders forward. Don’t walk with your face down! Walking while facing down is connected with being shy and not being confident. And we don’t want that!
Stand tall, with your chest out, shoulders back. Keep your lower back glued to the chair whenever you sit.
Standing with a straight back has many benefits, such as improved self-confidence, mood, less back pain, better breathing, and great muscle and bone function as you age!
This is an instant trick to change your appearance and improve your overall health! Win-win.
3. Glow Up Your Wardrobe
Studies have shown that the way you dress greatly impacts the way you feel. So a wardrobe upgrade can result in you feeling more happy and confident.
- Wear clothes that fit you and make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
- Make an effort to match your outfits. Not all outfits and colors go together.
- Get basics first.
Don’t spend all of your money or a big chunk of it on one single designer piece. Instead, start by getting a high-quality white and black T-shirt, a pair of regular jeans, a pair of black ones, and some white/ black sneakers.
These are the essentials and you can work towards building your wardrobe from there.
- Experiment with your accessories.
Accessories spike up any outfit. Without them, your outfit is gonna look pretty basic and boring.
Be bold. Here are some ideas:
- A watch
Wearing accessories helps you achieve an awesome style that stands out.
4. Get a New Haircut
Name me a better way to instantly change your appearance, I’ll wait.
Getting a fresh new haircut is such a confidence booster.
5. Up Your Water Intake
Dehydration is the #1 reason most people look and feel tired. Drinking adequate water improves your overall health. It works wonders with your skin and hair too!
Here are some benefits of drinking enough water(1) to motivate you to drink more:
- Helps maximize physical performance
- Significantly affects energy levels and brain function
- It may help prevent and treat headaches
- Flushes bacteria from your bladder
- Aids digestion
- May help treat kidney stones
- Stabilizes the heartbeat
- Helps prevent hangovers
- Can aid weight loss
Although how much you can drink is totally dependent on the individual, a general rule of thumb should be to drink 2 liters of water every day (or around 70oz).
So, if you don’t know how to glow up, implementing drinking enough water can be an instant game-changer for your overall appearance!
6. Start Working Out
You might think to yourself: “I don’t have time to work out!” and my response will always be: “Well, we all have the same 24 hours to work on, so it is a matter of priorities.”
Or you might be wondering: “I don’t have any equipment in hand and gyms are closed, what should I do?“
Here are some useful tips to add exercise into your daily routine in order to glow up physically:
- Instead of setting a goal of working out 1 hour per day 7 times a week, which is unrealistic if you don’t work out right now, you should try and integrate some 10-20 minute workouts into your everyday life.
- You don’t have to have any equipment to get fit! Although a pair of dumbells would be nice, you can get impressive results by doing at-home workouts with no equipment.
- The way I interpret exercise on my schedule is: I have a 15-20 minute workout session at noon, right before lunch, and then I go for a big walk in the afternoon.
- If you have a pair of dumbells, great! Use them. Adding weight resistance into your workouts will help you achieve your fitness goals faster, and it will also make it more fun and enjoyable.
And yes, 15-20 minutes is WAY better than 0 minutes of exercise!
So, start with short and easy to keep up workouts. Don’t make the same mistake I did and burn yourself out. At the start, aim for 2-3x/week and up the intensity of your workouts whenever you feel like it.
7. Limit Junk Food and Focus on Fruits and Veggies
Your food is your fuel. Also, what you eat, greatly impacts how you feel. Be mindful of your eating behaviors.
Eating healthy cannot only help you lose weight but can also improve your skin health. Just remember, there is a principle when trying to lose or gain weight. Calories in, calories out.
What I mean by that is, if you give your body more calories than it burns, you’ll gain weight. This is called a caloric surplus.
Accordingly, if you give your body fewer calories than it needs, you’ll lose weight. This is called a caloric deficit.
If, however, you consume and burn the same calories, your weight will be somewhat the same.
If all of this seems hard to understand (and I know it can be for some), just remember the basic principle of “Calories in vs Calories out“.
If you want to start tracking the calories you consume each day and the calories that you burn, a great app I highly recommend is MyFitnessPal.
It will walk you through your fitness journey and show you the exact calories you need to eat in order to meet your certain weight goal.
8. Improve Your Sleeping Schedule
Lack of sleep can really damage your energy levels, your mood, and your overall appearance, studies say. Buggy eyes, a tired-looking face, and feelings of grogginess are symptoms of sleep deprivation.
“I don’t fall asleep easily and end up only with 4 or 5 hours of sleep. What can I do?“
A good trick is to lie down on your back and relax every muscle in your body from your feet to your head. You can also listen to relaxing music and/or read books before bed.
Make sure that you don’t have any electronic devices or bright lights that may glow at night. Also, you can close your curtains so you won’t be awakened by the sun in the morning.
Lastly, don’t use your phone before bed because the interaction with it can keep you up for hours, as a study from Harvard suggests.
9. Work On Hygiene
- Brush your teeth at least 2x/day.
Having a healthier, brighter smile is always attractive. So if you want to glow up, try whitening products such as whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss.
You can always try and brush your teeth with baking soda, but I don’t believe that is working.
Also, if you want to take it to the next level, try whitening strips. Although it can be expensive, it can instantly make your teeth whiter! (just don’t overdo it.)
- Shower every day.
- Use deodorant.
- Try a new perfume.
10. Get More Organized
A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind; how many times have you searched your entire house for a single thing, because you couldn’t find it? For me, way too many…
Getting a bit more organized means that you get things done, and most importantly you get things done ON time. It also means that you worry less because you know the things you have to do.
I dedicate Sunday as my “office” day, where I reflect on the past week, and plan out the coming week. This helps me stay on top of my goals. You can check my Sunday routine for a productive week ahead.
I also apply the same principle at the start of every month. This way I start the month on the right track, enabling me to conquer my goals.
- 7 Habits Of (REALLY) Organized People
- 10 Small Tips To Get You More Organized
- How To Never Waste Time Again: 20 Powerful Time-Management Tips
#2 How to Glow Up Mentally
Glowing up is (at least for me) mostly an inside job. I know from personal experience that it’s not enough to glow up only from the outside. Most importantly, the work has to be done from within.
You can eat healthily, work out like a mad man, take your vitamins, but if you don’t deal with the things and thoughts inside of you, you won’t be truly happy with your outer appearance.
Here’s how to glow up mentally:
11. Be Your #1 Priority
This glow up challenge is all about yourself and bettering yourself. It is totally reasonable to press the brake pedal, slow down, and take care of yourself.
Dedicate some me-time to do the things you have to do in order to take care of yourself. Be your #1 priority for a time. Show the same care to yourself as you do to your child, spouse, parents, friends, etc.
Set achievable goals and when you accomplish them, reward yourself. When you get slightly off track, remind yourself why you started.
Don’t be too harsh on yourself.
Related Post: How To Stay Positive: 9 Simple But Effective Habits
12. Surround Yourself With Positive People
The time you spend with your friends can really define who you are and who you’re gonna be. If you happen to hang around toxic people, consider getting rid of them, or at least spend less time with them.
By surrounding yourself with negative people that don’t believe in you, are not there when you need them the most, or criticize every action you take can really impact your mental health.
You need to associate with people who inspired you, who challenge you to rise higher, and who make you better instead of bringing you down.
There is a saying that my mom used to tell me all the time: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with“.
As a rebellious teenager, I didn’t listen to her, I always thought that: “What does she know about friendships?”
Think about it, if you hang around with a group of 5 people who are unmotivated, lazy, and don’t want to do anything in life… You are going to be the sixth one! But, if you hang around with 5 millionaires, you’re going to be the sixth one!
The people we surround ourselves with are the biggest influence on our behavior, attitudes, and results
Related: How To Get Rid Of Toxic Friends
13. Read Self-Improvement Books
Did you know that the average millionaire reads 50 books per year? This is equivalent to almost 1 book per week!
Reading books is a great productive way you can calm yourself before bed. It reduces anxiety, calms your mind and thoughts, focuses on the book, and expands your fantasy.
Here are my top 10 self-improvement books to read this year.
14. Listen To Podcasts.
If you aren’t a book person, and you prefer listening to some quick-fire tips, then listening to podcasts can be a great way to transform a boring commute to work into an educational one!
Here are my top 8 self-improvement podcasts to listen to.
15. Meditate Every Day For At Least 5-10 Minutes
Meditation helps you find peace with yourself and your thoughts. there are different kinds of meditation. My personal pick is a meditation called “Metta, Loving-kindness meditation”.
This style of meditation can help you accept who you are, your weaknesses and strengths, and overall love yourself.
Download a meditation app on your phone, or search it up on YouTube.
16. Start a Journaling Practice
Journaling is more than just something you do to pass the time or write down your memories—though it can be that—it is a strategy that has helped brilliant, powerful, and wise people become better at what they do.
Journaling has been found to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety,
- Improve mood,
- Improve cognitive function,
- Reduce depression,
- Let go of negative thoughts,
- Enhance your self-awareness,
- Overall, improve your mental health drastically.
I hope that I inspired you to at least try journaling at least once!
Out of ideas for what to write? Here are some:
- 25 Creative Morning Journal Prompts To Kickstart Your Day
- 50 Journal Prompts To Improve Your Mental Health
- 99+ Creative Journal Prompts For Teens
17. Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is simply being thankful for all the positive things in your life.
Small daily acts of gratitude can greatly boost your mood and improve your overall mental health. Here is are the benefits of gratitude:
Yes, all of these benefits are from practicing gratitude in your life… Crazy.
18. Get Rid Of Negative Thoughts
Journaling your thoughts and your feelings and keeping a log every day, gives you valuable information to move forward and understand that most of these negative thoughts are simply untrue.
Remember, the person who criticizes you the most is yourself. So, talk to yourself as you would to a friend or a family member.
19. Practice Self-Love
Once you’ve dealt with negative and self-destructive thoughts, it’s time to make room for self-love and self-acceptance.
Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. Self-love also means not settling for less than you deserve.
It means accepting your emotions for what they are and putting your physical, emotional, and mental well-being first.
So, enhance your mental health and your glow up by adding some self-care activities to your daily routine that make you love yourself a little more day by day.
Ideas to practice self-love and self-care:
You might enjoy: 30 Positive Affirmations For A Glow Up
21. Grow Your Confidence
Great news! Even if you don’t implement all of the things mentioned in this list, and tried only a few, you are guaranteed to feel more confident in your own skin and love yourself a little bit more.
In short, glow ups are basically our own self-improvement journeys to become healthier, fitter, stronger, and more attractive than ever before!
I hope this inspired you to take action and start your own glow up journey!
You can also start by leaving a comment under this article to tell me what action(s) you are going to take TODAY to implement these glow up tips and keep yourself accountable!
I’d love to hear from you!
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